From the start of next week, the UK will be the first country in the world to start vaccinating its citizens against COVID-19. Even before the United States. The vaccine will be that of Pfizer / BioNTech.
With good reason, the British are pinched with relief. Other European countries are also actively preparing logistically.
Remember that the vaccine, this one or others to come soon, it is the weapon of mass destruction. The only one capable of eventually ending the global pandemic.
But beware. Until the eradication of COVID-19, we will also have to continue to respect all known health instructions, including wearing a mask and distancing.
It is she, the proverbial light at the end of this long tunnel. It is she, the “cavalry” in relief of which the Dr Anthony Fauci in the United States.
But in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Canada are lagging behind. Inevitably, the pressure mounts. On Tuesday, Mr. Trudeau said this: “We expect to have the majority of Canadians vaccinated before September 2021”.
To see the speed of other countries, it is too far. Politically, the Prime Minister will therefore have no choice. He will have to put pressure on the accelerator.
No room for error
More importantly, it will need to act quickly because COVID-19 is on the rise almost across the country and the deaths are on the rise.
When it comes to vaccine distribution, the provinces will not be allowed to make mistakes either. Nor for their list of priority groups to receive the vaccine. In Europe, the priority groups cast a wide net. It will be necessary to do the same.
In the Netherlands, among the first in line for vaccination, will be people with intellectual disabilities and autism. Often suffering from comorbidities, they are in fact particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Quebec would be wise to follow the same path.